Splash Pad Fun!!

Girl power at the splash pad!

The day after the Slumber party we all got up and started getting ready to go to the splash pad. I packed some snack and drinks while the girls changed into their swim suits. We were all excited about playing at the splash pad before everyone had to go back to their homes. First we had to go get Grace a swim suit, so we made a mad dash into the store and we were on our way!!

iphone2016 077We arrived at the park they couldn’t get out of their seats fast enough. Luckily we found a parking spot right up front so they could go while I unloaded our stuff. Little Harrison was screaming his sisters name the closer we got to the splash pad. I called the girls over to get a girl power picture. One of the fountains got Reese right on top of the head..haha!

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They ran around and played and took snack breaks, made friends with other kids and just had a really awesome time together. When it was time to go, we hugged and I told the we would do this again. Aaliyah asked if she could stay one more night with Grace. PLEEEAASE!

Resting up for more fun!
Resting up for more fun!

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Grace and Aaliyah were so excited to spend the night together again. After some left over pizza and a quick bath we put in a movie and played a couple of games. The house was much quieter this time and little brother Harrison was able to join in the fun. The slumber party was a success and I hear the girls are still talking about it.  I know Grace is, shes already come up with new ideas with meal options.

This experience was great and I’m excited about the next one. 

 

Slumber Party!!

Girly Slumber Party.

My daughter just had her first Slumber party, yes there were 4 little giggly sugar crazed girls running around my house. Cousin Reese (8), Cousin Elizabeth (6) and Friend Aalyiah (5) and of course Grace (6). After spending the day visiting and picking up our slumber party gals we headed back home to start the slumber party fun. First stop was the grocery store where the girls picked out snacks and drinks (you know, candy and fruit punch…haha!) and then we headed to pick up our yummy cheese pizza.

 

On our way!
On our way!
Let the Party Begin!! PIZZA, CANDY, CHEESE PUFFS, STRAWBERRY LEMONADE :-)
Let the Party Begin!!
PIZZA, CANDY, CHEESE PUFFS, STRAWBERRY LEMONADE 🙂

 

 

 

 

The girls had so much fun picking out what ever they wanted to drink and snack on at the store. There was little girly squealing down each isle. Of course first thing was get a cookie from the bakery….hahaha!!

Time for tea party with Strawberry lemonade, candy and ripped up pieces of pizza. They looked so cute sitting on the little tea party plates. Then it was off to paint nails. They decided to each paint their own nails, and boy that was interesting to watch..haha! There was nail polish everywhere. 

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Tea Party Time!
Tea Party Time!

Next they took a group photo and everyone said nighty night to Harrison. Then it was time to decorate the sugar cookies with chocolate icing ad the girls picked their candies from earlierYUM!

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As the night went on the girls asked several times if it was midnight yet. “Midnight” was the goal. Aaliyah kept saying “this is the best sleepover ever” They started to settle for the night, they played on the ipad and then went to bed watching a movie. They never made it to midnight. ;-(

settling down playing on the ipad.
settling down playing on the ipad.
Asleep by 11:16pm, so close.
Asleep by 11:16pm, so close.

I had a great time with these girls the next day we ended our Girl Power Fun at the Splash pad not to far from our home. What a Great Day!

 

Pork Loin Chops with veggies

 

Pork Loin boneless chops with veggies

Two 4 packs of boneless pork loin chops
Medium sweet onion
5 medium potatoes with skins
10 Large baby carrots sliced in 1/2 or 1/4
1 can golden kernel corn
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Season both sides of chops and seer in a skillet each side until there is a golden crust on the meat. Place back into roasting pan. Chop potatoes, Onion and slice the carrots. Place veggies around the meat and some on top. Add one can of golden corn with juice and stir in. Season top of veggies. Cover with foil. 
Bake at 350 for 45 min
Then remove foil and cook at 400 for 30 min
This dish is super easy and large enough to have left overs. Which is always a favorite in my house. These chops are also delicious with a gravy sauce and mashed potatoes. I like the flavor of all the veggie with the meat. 
I hope you try this recipe and enjoy every bite of it.  Thanks!!😊

Have a blessed day!

Sausage, mushroom, onion and Pepper stir fry.

Sautéed mushrooms, onions and bell peppers with a splash of vegetable oil. Add in stir fried chopped sausage. Salt and pepper to taste. I used the mix in a low carb wrap with a little cheese and sour cream.  Delicious!! Enjoy 😊 Net carbs 6 per serving with wrap. www.tomeaceslittlemonkeys.com image

 

 

Happy Father’s Day Weekend

Father’s Day is drawing near and my little monkeys have been excited about what to get their Dad for Father’s Day. My husband is one of the hardest working men I know. He works long days through the week and is exhausted when he gets home. We all love and appreciate him more than he will ever know. We are so blessed to have such a loving husband and father in our lives.

The kids really had their heart set on buying a new leather recliner for their Dad, his is broken and not as comfortable these days. Unfortunately the cost of a recliner doesn’t fit within our budget this month but crafty gifts do! My husband mentioned that he would like something the kids made or painted for Fathers Day.

So I snagged a couple of his terracotta pots and I let the kids picked out some herbs from the store they will plant in the pots they paint. While at the store we found more crafty items, like letters that spell DAD. I gave each one a letter to paint however they wanted. They are proud of their creations and can’t wait to give them to their Dad.

For my Father’s Birthday today we found some letters that spelled PAPA to paint and a plain blue t-shirt that they each put their painted hand print on. I used some puffy paint to put their names next to each hand, it’s so cute! I wanna make one for my husband now and I think I’m gonna…ha ha!

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I want to wish all the Fathers a happy and wonderful Father’s Day on Sunday. Thank you for all the hard work you give to your family and for always being there.

https://www.pinterest.com/explore/fathers-day-gifts/

http://www.parents.com/holiday/fathers-day/crafts/fathers-day-crafts-kids-can-make/

 

Pet Loss…losing a family member

One of the Hardest things about my job is watching a client go through the loss of a pet. When I was growing up if a pet died you were sad and said your goodbyes and that was the part of life. As I’ve grown through these years in the veterinary profession I’ve watch the change in how people respond to the loss of a pet. A majority of people feel that their pet is a part of their family and treat them as such so when that family member is no longer with us we are devastated. My family had to euthanize our dog right after my youngest son was born, I am sad that he will never meet such a great dog but blessed that she was with us for 12yrs😊

Sweet old lady ;-)
Sweet old lady 😉

Over the years I have had clients have to make the decision for humane euthanasia due to old age or chronic conditions. Each persons reaction is different but they all have that same look of loosing a part of their family. When I speak to these clients before and after the loss of their pet I try to remind them to remember the good stuff and hold on to those memories that make their heart smile.😊
We are blessed for the time we have with our furry little monkeys and they know how much the are loved. Making a hard decision about humane euthanasia or having a sudden loss can be one of the hardest things to go through but it can be the kindest and to know that they aren’t hurting anymore.
When a client thanks me for being there not only for them but there loved one, I know I’ve done my job. Remember the good stuff and smile, and when your ready, open your heart up to another fur baby that needs you as much as you need them😊

 

http://www.petloss.com/

http://www.animalhealthfoundation.net/

https://www.petfinder.com/
This is our Nina Girl. 

She was about 3 years old here.
She was about 3 years old here.

Busy Mom and low carb life style

I am a true to testimonial of how trying to manage busy Mommy life and maintain a low carb life style can be a challenge. I have tried many “diets” but I’ve found just changing the way I eat and cut out all the sugary carbs my body responds best. So once again I’m on the low carb journey. I believe everyone has to find what works for them. So if I know what works for me then why do have a problem staying on track? By the 6 month mark and fall back into my bad habits. I have been successful several times and losing 60 to 100 pounds each time. I am a Mom of three crazy little monkeys and all three were here with  6 years 😳 and they were all big babies 9.11, 11.7 and 10.12. So that added to the weight gain each time also, thankfully I have never had any health concerns being heavy through my life.
Kids can be a great excuse for not eating the way your body responds best. It is way easier to grab a few packs of crackers, chips or stop for fast food. I’ve learned over time that it’s ok to throw items for myself in the snack bag.  If I have almonds or cheese sticks or just something to snack on while I’m out and about I’m less likely to get off track. There are 5 staple snacks that I like to have on hand to cover basis for a SNACK ATTACK…..you know what I’m talking about.

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  1. Nuts! snack mix – almonds,walnuts, sunflower seeds, pecans – energy boost
  2. String cheese 😉 the name says it all..haha!
  3. Pork rinds, not everyone’s fave but hey this is my list, switch it up 🙂
  4. Sugar free Jello and whipped cream, so yummy
  5. Low Carb chocolate ice cream, you know for those chocolate attacks.

http://www.atkins.com/   th09Z6R562

http://allrecipes.com/recipes/742/healthy-recipes/low-carb/

I will update my progress through this next weight loss journey. 😉

Summer time fun! 10 must have items

cartoon-sun-hiSummer time is here, let the fun begin. cartoon-sun-hi

This summer I am fortunate to have more time with my kids and I want to make their summer fun but educational as well. I want to show my kids another side to learning besides what they’ve been doing in school. I would like for the kids to have some hands on experiences and I know that can mean a messy day. I’m not a Mom that’s afraid of a mess but I do like to have a back up plan and my little monkeys seem to always find the mess. 😉 So I’ve planned a few little road trip adventures to teach them about animals and create some memories learning crafts and outdoor activities. But this monkey Mama never leaves the house with out a few must have items to keep life simpler. 🙂

summer_travel_sticker_icons_6815615 10 must have items
1. Sanitizer/wipes/paper towels/small trash bag – these are most important
2. Change of clothes/shoes – no explanation needed, you know you will need them. (don’t forget underwear)
3. Snacks- Never leave home without peanut butter or gold fish crackers. 
4. Bottled water – grab one for each of you, I promise you’ll thank me later.
5. Sun screen/ hats – I’m in Florida!(maybe that should be #1)
6. Towel – cause someone will pee in their car seat.
7. CD’s – yeah! Kidz Bop
8. Medicine – Benadryl if you live in a buggy state like me.
9. Camera – To capture the day
10. Mommy stuff. – whatever you want but hey, you got the kids covered. 👍
Throw everything into a back pack and your set for the day.

 Stay tuned for up dates on our adventures this summer. I’m going to give each kid a memories box to keep souvenirs and decorate the outside with stickers from the places we visit. brown-travel-briefcases-with-smiling-face

It’s gonna be a great Summer! Stay safe 😊
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Happy Red Nose Day

Red Nose Day is here 😉

I have always tried to lead by example when it comes to helping others. Kids can be the best of helpers when they are little but as they get bigger they need motivation to lend a helping hand. Any time I “purge” from my kids stock pile of toys or clothes I try to tell them where the items will go and who they will help. I think having them involved in choosing items they don’t need or use anymore helps them think of who that next person will be. Thinking of the next person is the best way I can explain why we should let go of things, lend a helping hand or part with a few dollars to help a good cause.

My kids have been so excited for the past month about Red Nose Day. They saw the display when we stopped in Walgreens after school one day. I allowed them to each get a red nose, “This is the best day ever” said my son. That got him asking questions about what the $1 donation was going towards and “What was Red Nose Day?” We looked it up and they immediately decided we needed to celebrate. Today we did, we bought Red Nose gear and it was fun taking silly pictures. Before bed I let them watch a little of the Red Nose Day show and after listening to a few stories and hearing people donate my son says “Hey Mom, I wish there was a way I could donate my $6 dollars.” He was proud to know that the money we spent on Red Nose products went to help needy children.

This Mama was very proud of her little monkeys today.

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*** BEST  DAY  EVER ***  HAPPY RED NOSE DAY!!

Photo with Walgreens employee Mr. Orie
Photo with Walgreens employee Mr. Orie

http://rednoseday.org/

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Pot Pie Puffs – Quick and Tasty

 Pre heat oven to 400

1 can of home style biscuits, 1 can of chicken pot pie soup (chunky), 1 bag of frozen mixed veggies and 3 boneless/skinless chick thighs. 

These Pot Pie Puffs are quick and easy and so tasty.   

Stir fry chunk chopped chicken thighs and season to taste. I buy the frozen mixed veggies in the steamer bag and cook one bag and mix with the can of chunky chicken pot pie soup ( soup cooks in the oven) then add cooked chicken. Open biscuits and cut about half of them in half,  enough to fill your muffin sheet. Spray the muffin tin and baking sheet with non stick spray. Press each half of the biscuit in to the muffin tin and make a cup, then spoon mixture in each cup until full.(cheese on top is optional) You should have extra biscuits and mix so just flatten out the remaining whole biscuits and spoon a heap of mix in the center and top it with another flat biscuit. Pinch the edges or press around with a fork to seal edges, add fork pokes on top for venting. Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes. Depending on your stove you may have to adjust temp or time. I like to take soft butter or margarine and brush it on top and edges when they come out of the oven.

ENJOY!!     

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Quick tips:

Make up different versions of these puffs for on the go breakfast or an easy to pack lunch. These puffs freeze well and are hot and delicious within a minute or two in the microwave. My son is particularly fond of the bacon,egg and cheese biscuit puffs. There are many possibilities to make quick little deserts also, double yum!!

Here are links to a couple of recipe sites I like to visit. Let me know what you think, Thanks

http://allrecipes.com/

http://thepioneerwoman.com/